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July 4th on a Wednesday kind of sucks, right? Sort of throws the whole idea of taking a long weekend out the window.

And when people ask if you'll be away for July 4th weekend, things get all confused because you don't know which weekend they are talking about.

And then, of course, there's the extreme jealousy of those lucky people who just decided to take off the whole damn week.

Last year, Mazzy saw her first fireworks show in the Hamptons but this year, we are all stuck in the city.

Once upon a time, the city was an awesome place to celebrate the 4th because we had an excellent view of the East River fireworks from our apartment.

But two years ago, Macy's decided to move the fireworks across town from the East River to the Hudson River in celebration of their 50th Anniversary— you know, because pissing off half a city is a great way to commemorate our ability to buy clothes and cosmetics under one roof.


My father, apparently unaware of the fireworks move a few years ago, decided to have a July 4th party on his roof this evening. I had to inform him that he is going to have some very disappointed guests.

But that's where we will be regardless— trying our best to catch a glimpse of half a firework through ten avenues of buildings.

Thankfully, Mazzy already celebrated the holiday last weekend at my friend's beautiful (yet unairconditioned!) house in Westerly, Rhode Island— going to the beach, playing in the sprinklers, eating her first corn on the cob, and playing with two of her best friends, Ella and Charlie.

Kids don't seem to notice suffocating heat nearly as much as a pregnant woman sleeping on sheets she could swear were flannel.

Below are some of my favorite shots from the weekend.


Have a Happy 4th! (Even if it's smack dab in the middle of the week.)

Before you log off to wave an American flag, eat some watermelon, and blow off one of your fingers in a fireworks accident, check out some of NickMom's summer holiday content:

Top 9 Summer Vacation Ideas for Very Loud Children

Mom's Attitudes Concerning Smores

Top 9 Ways Kids Are Like a Fireworks Show